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Emacs Modes for PHP

There are several modes for editing PHP source files in Emacs.

  • PHP-mode is a basic PHP mode which features syntax highlighting.
  • ejmr/php-mode is a fork of the original PHP-mode, but with support for the new features introduced in PHP 5.4 (traits, namespaces and such)
  • nXhtml is a major mode for editing files with mixed HTML and PHP code.


Here is a great article on setting up a simple PHP flymake mode using the PHP interperter.

Debugging PHP code in emacs

The xdebug extension for PHP is an essential tool for the PHP developer. Geben is an excellent remote for the xdebug debugger when working inside of emacs.